Peninsula postal customers take postage increase in stride

Most North Olympic Peninsula residents who offered their two cents about today’s 2-cent postal increase agreed that a stamp is still a bargain.

“It’s still a very good deal, mail is,” said Vicki Sievert of Sequim on Saturday in the lobby of the Port Angeles post office, 424 E. First St.

“I wish my wages increased as much, but we can’t have everything.”

“I’m going to continue to mail things,” said Aimee Goertz of Port Townsend on Friday in the Port Townsend post office at 1322 Washington St.

New stamps available

It costs 39 cents to mail a first-class letter starting today.

Postal Service patrons can buy new Lady Liberty/U.S. Flag stamps or add two-cent stamps that picture Navajo jewelry to their 37-cent postage.

Most people visiting the Port Angeles post office Saturday morning came away clutching a supply of two-cent stamps.

“I think it’s not a bad deal,” said Karla Muto of Port Angeles. “I enjoy getting mail. The price of everything is going up.”

Just before 5 p.m. Friday at the Port Townsend post office, a long line of people eager to send their letters and bill payments before the price hike formed in front of the service window.

Helena Paneyko Snelgrove, a Marrowstone Island resident, was sending a bundle of envelopes for her real estate business.

Along with sending her letters, she purchased a book of 20 two-cent stamps she plans to combine with the remaining 37-cent stamps she has at home.

“It will affect me because I do a lot of mailing for my business, so I’ll have to be more selective with my mailing,” Snelgrove said.

“But I’d rather spend two more cents on stamps than on gas.”

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